Becoming Anna: The Autobiography of a Sixteen-Year-Old, 1st by Anna J. Michener

By Anna J. Michener

Becoming Anna is the poignant memoir of the 1st 16 years within the lifetime of Anna Michener, a tender girl who fought a painful conflict opposed to her abusive kin. categorised "crazy woman" for a lot of her youth, Anna suffered actual and emotional harm by the hands of the adults who have been presupposed to love and guard her. dedicated to varied psychological associations by way of her family members, at 16 Anna used to be eventually capable of get away her chaotic domestic lifestyles and input a foster domestic. As an attempt towards restoration and self-affirmation in addition to a strong plea on behalf of different abused little ones, Anna wrote this memoir whereas the adventure was once clean and the feelings have been nonetheless uncooked and unhealed. Her tale is a robust story of survival.

"A teen's uncooked, in-your-face chronicle of occasions nearly as they have been taking place. As such, it is unforgettable. . . . Michener's tale supplies voice to the hundreds of thousands of youngsters and kids trapped in 'the system,' biding their time until eventually their 18th birthdays. A candid and unstinting tell-all."—Kirkus Reviews

"Extraordinary. . . . Michener's expressive writing does justice to a subject matter that's truly very irritating to her in my opinion and communicates a profoundly very important message on behalf of all abused and missed children."—Booklist

"An very important ebook, painful to learn, yet crucial if different childrens in comparable events are to be saved."—Library Journal

"An blameless kid's account of sixteen years in hell and of the negative wrongs inflicted on teenagers who're with no rights or worrying advocates."—Choice

"[Michener] emerges as a compelling and brave suggest for kids and their welfare—she's a tender author with a rare voice."Feminist book place News

"Quite easily the most effective, such a lot compelling, well-written autobiographies released in years. . . . have in mind the identify. we've not heard the final of Anna Michener."—Myree Whitfield, Melbourne Herald-Sun, conceal story

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He sighed and stared out the window at the concrete and the tall brick buildings below and in front of us, at the crimson sun setting just beyond our Plexiglas prison. Then he told me, with as much distance between the words he 42 spoke and the emotions behind them as possible, "My father drinks too much. He beats on my little brother, and me, and my mother. He came home one night about a month ago, drunk, and started hittin' my mother. Only that time I hit him back. With a wrench. I hit my father with a wrench so of course the court sent me here.

If I ever saw your folks I'd give 'em what for. Can't believe they wouldn't want a nice kid like you. I'd want you. " I didn't think there was much wrong with him, either. " But that was hardly an explanation. I asked him how he had come to be at Magna Carta. He sighed and stared out the window at the concrete and the tall brick buildings below and in front of us, at the crimson sun setting just beyond our Plexiglas prison. Then he told me, with as much distance between the words he 42 spoke and the emotions behind them as possible, "My father drinks too much.

I asked a girl named Wanda, who seemed to know everything, what he was in for, and she said in hushed and scornful tones, "Drive-bys. " I obviously didn't understand, so she said, "Gangs, you know, Bloods, Crips, Folks ... he's a Blood. " I repeated. "Yes. Drive-by shootings. " She glared sideways at Tad, who was sitting at the opposite side of the room. flyou gotta be fucked in the head to run the Gangs. You don't know who's in the house. Babykillerl" She spit the last word out through curled lips.

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